Google logged 160,000 page downloads for January on The Tap. We also saw 110,000 page downloads on B4IN, the US site beforeitsnews, which mirrors all our posts. That keeps us over 250,000 page downloads for the third month in succession.
Official blog scorers don't acknowledge our success as they don't like the stories we publish. Oh well. You can't please everyone. And to think Iain Dale put The Tap in one of his Top 100 British Blog lists five years ago, when traffic was less than 1% of what it is now!!! The one thing you can be certain of when writing anything approximating to the truth, is no corporate media organisation, dedicated to misinformation, will touch you with a barge pole. We write under the radar.
We've had great contributions from all our writers this month. Naming you is not necessary. You know who you are. I hope February is as exciting and interesting with great stories coming in as January has been. I learn so much from acting as your editor, although the blog's growth means some days I am not getting to reply to all the things being sent in. It's especially hard working here in Manila with a slow internet connection on a small laptop. As I'm back in the UK during February, it's not worth repairing my PC, or paying for faster internet.
Please be patient if I don't get around to replying instantly. Lots of good material isn't getting published. I try to pick out what I think readers will go for first. Maybe I'll find a sub-editor soon who can take over for a day or two occasionally. I'll keep battling on meantime, and keep The Tap running!
TIME SPENT ONSITE BY READERS - Average visit time per reader after 1st page is 2 minutes 12 seconds, according to Sitemeter. That might not sound much. We used to be at 2 minutes 45 seconds before the growth spurt in reader numbers which started in November. 2:12 is actually not bad, and it is gradually increasing again. On the day Gary Speed died, it went down to 17 seconds for 10,000 readers in one hour!
For a benchmark, look at eureferendum.blogspot.com which publishes its sitemeter readings. They have 1 minute 45 seconds average reader time at the moment, up a bit from last month. They did about 185,000 page downloads in the month of January on Sitemeter, and are usually listed as one of Britain's top ten political blogs. On both measures we are in the same ballpark, both reading time and number of pages downloaded. Yet we are listed way lower in the rankings by Wikio and never mentioned by others!!!
If the current trends continue, we will see an annual 3 million page downloads, and we know our stories are travelling much further afield than The Tap and B4IN. Just under two years ago 100,000 a year seemed a fair annual target. Let The Tap Run!